Channels Television, the award-winning independent Nigerian broadcast station, has added more laurels to its kitty by scooping three awards at the 2022 ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards.
At the awards ceremony, which was held over the weekend at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos, the station was named the Law Media Outfit of the Year for its special contributions to the development of the legal profession in the country.
Channels Television’s Company Secretary and Assistant General Counsel, Adeola Olumeyan, also got an award as one of the in-house corporate gems while the station’s Judiciary Correspondent, Shola Soyele, was named the Law Media Personality of the year for a record 4th time.
The Head of Operations & Partner, ESQ Legal Blitz, Temitayo Samuel, in her welcome address said the awardees went through various levels of review before the final recommendations were made.
“This means we are honoring these individuals, law firms, and corporate in-house legal departments today because their work was truly exceptional in the effort of nation-building. They deserve our recognition and gratitude,” she said.
Some of the other winners were: the Lagos State Attorney General & Commissioner For Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) for Attorney General Of The Year; Prof. Koyinsola Ajayi (SAN) for Legal Icon Of The Year; Immediate Past President, Nigerian Bar Association, Olumide Akpata for Landmark Achievement Award; Mrs Efe Etomi for Legal Amazon of the Year and Prof. Jonathan Fabunmi who was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Also of note was the honouring of ’40 under 40 Rising Stars’ which celebrates young lawyers under the age of 40 who have been making giant strides within the Nigerian legal space.
The organizers said the screening of nominees leading up to the winners of the award was done by a panel of judges headed by a former Vice President of the African Development Bank, Cecilia Akintomide, Head of India and Africa at Stephenson Harwood LLP, Kamal Shah; Head of Africa Practice Group at Latham and Watkins LLP, Kem Ihenacho, among others.
The ESQ Nigeria Awards which is in its 12th year is held annually by ESQ Trainings Limited and endorsed by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the British Nigerian Law Forum, and the Nigerian Lawyers Association (US).
The award celebrates and projects the important contribution of legal players within Nigeria’s business law community and has over the years, become a prime recognition of achievement for lawyers with previous editions recognizing awardees like the late Justice Kayode Eso, late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa; the first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Folake Solanke; first female President of the Nigerian Bar, Priscilla Kuye, and first female General Counsel of the NBA & former Attorney General of Lagos, Hairat Balogun.
Pls find below the full list of all the 2022 award winners:
Private Equity Team Of The Year (Jackson Etti & Co)
Mergers And Acquisition Team Of The Year (DLA Piper)
Banking And Finance Team Of The Year (Bloomfield Lp)
Oil And Gas Team Of The Year (G.Elias & Co)
Dispute Resolution Team Of The Year (G.Elias & Co)
Labour And Employment Team Of The Year (Royal Heritage)
Capital Market Team Of The Year (Wigwe & Partners)
Intellectual Property Team Of The Year (Aluko & Oyebode)
Corporate And Commercial Team Of The Year (Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe)
Telecoms And Technology Team Of The Year (AELEX)
Energy And Power Team Of The Year (Olaniwun Ajayi)
Shipping And Maritime Team Of The Year (Bloomfield Lp)
Real Estate And Construction Team Of The Year (G.Elias & Co)
Aviation Team Of The Year (Stark Legal)
Immigration Team Of The Year (Jackson Etti & Edu)
Insolvency Team Of The Year (Royal Heritage)
Mining Team Of The Year (Aluko & Oyebode)
Media And Entertainment Team Of The Year (Alliance Law Firm)
Law Firm Of The Year (Small Practice) Stark Legal
Law Firm Of The Year (Mid Practice) Duale, Ovia & Alex Adedipe
Law Firm Of The Year (Large Practice) G. Elias & Co
Regional Law Firm Of The Year Solola & Akpana
Managing Partner Of The Year (Small Practice)– Saadatu Hamu Aliyu Managing Partner (Hamu Legal)
Managing Partner Of The Year (Mid Practice)– Oladele Oladunjoye, Managing Partner Grey Chapel)
Corporate Counsel Category
Capital Market And Investment In-House Team Of The Year (Nigerian Exchange Group)
Corporate Governance In-House Team Of The Year (JCS Client Services)
Energy And Power In-House Team Of The Year (Eko Electricity Distribution Plc)
Infrastructure In-House Team Of The Year (IHS Towers)
Oil And Gas In-House Team Of The Year (Shell Plc)
Telecommunication In-House Team Of The Year (IHS Towers)
Media And Entertainment In-House Team Of The Year (Ebony Life Media)
Corporate Restructuring In-House Team Of The Year (JCS Client Services)
Editors Merit Awards
Professor J.O Fabunmi, Principal Partner, J.O Fabunmi & Co (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Mr Kofo Salam Alada, Head Of Legal Services Department, Central Bank Of Nigeria (Regulatory Counsel Of The Year)
Mrs Efe Etomi , Partner / Leading Counsel At Chief Rotimi Williams Chambers (Legal Amazon Of The Year)
Olawale Akoni SAN, managing Partner , Babalakin & Co (Outstanding Achievement Of The Year)
Mr Soji Awogbade, Partner, AELEX (Legal Icon Of The Year)
Moyo Onigbanjo SAN. Attorney General And Commissioner For Justice Of Lagos (Attorney General Of The Year)
Konyinsola Ajayi SAN. Partner, Olaniwun Ajayi Lp (Legal Icon Of The Year)
Mr Ayuli Jemide, founder And Lead Partner Of Detail Commercial Solicitors(Business Law Icon Of The Year)
Olumide Akpata. Immediate President, Nigerian Bar Association, (Landmark Achievement Award)
Shola Soyele, Judiciary Correspondent, Host Of Law Weekly, Channels TV (Law Media Personality Of The Year)
Channels TV (Law Media Outfit Of The Year)
The Nigeria Lawyer (Law Blogger Of The Year)
Corporate Gem Category
Olufunlola Salami – Company Secretary- Bank Of Industry.
Olusola Fagbure – Legal Adviser/ Company Secretary-Citibank Nigeria Ltd.
Tolulope Adetugbo. Company Secretary / Head Legal-Fbn Merchant Bank Ltd.
Funmi Adedibu- General Counsel/ Company Secretary-First City Monument Bank Plc.
Aidevo Odu-Thomas. General Counsel/Company Secretary, FSDH Holding Company- FSDH Merchant Bank Plc.
Bolanle Meshida – Legal Adviser/ Company Secretary–Fsdh Merchant Bank Plc.
Omobola Makinde – Company Secretary Corporate Counsel & Compliance”-Greenwich Merchant Bank Plc.
Imomoemi Ibisiki – Company Secretary / Legal Adviser-Heritage Bank Company Plc.
Chika Idigo – Head, Legal Services- Parallex Bank Limited.
Rachel Olowoshile. Head, Legal Services- Providus Bank Plc
Jennifer Martins-Okundia. General Counsel-Rand Merchant Bank.
Sola Mabadeje – Head, Legal, Nigeria & West Africa, and Company Secretary-Standard Chartered Bank Plc.
Temitayo Adegoke – Chief Legal Counsel/ Company Secretary-Sterling Bank Plc.
Temitope Hassan. Company Secretary and Legal Adviser-Dangote Sugar.
Bidemi Ademola- General Counsel West Africa & Company Secretary, Unilever.
Olubukola Olateru- Head Of Legal Sub-Saharan Africa Cluster And Company Secretary, Friesland Campina.
Fola Akande- Chief Counsel West Africa/Company Secretary, Cadbury Nigeria Plc.
Yewande Giwa- Head, Governance & Compliance, Honeywell Group Ltd.
Abiodun Peters- Country Legal Director, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company.
Ifedayo Iroche-Senior Legal Counsel, Corporate Lawyer, The Coca Cola Company.
Chinwe Odigboegwu, Fciarb, Legal Director, Guinness, Nigeria.
Blessing Ola Adedokun- Head, Legal & Corporate Services, northwest Petroleum & Gas Co. Ltd.
Adesua Dozie- General Counsel – Mobil Producing Nigeria.
Ayotola Jagun – Chief Compliance Officer and Company Secretary Of Oando Plc.
Kemi Jafojo- Secretary At Mrs Nigeria Plc.
Edith Onwuchekwa, Director Legal/Company Secretary/Gender Diversity Champion At Seplat Energy Plc.
Keibi Atemie, Head Of Legal, Nigeria/Company Secretary At The Shell Petroleum Development Company Of Nigeria Limited.
Ifeoma Utah-General Manager, Commercial Legal At Mtn Nigeria.
Dr. Nkechi Newton-Denila, Executive Director Legal Affairs At Natcom Development & Investment Ltd.
Irene Robinson Ayanwale- General Counsel of Nigerian Exchange Plc
Omowunmi Mebel Adewusi- General Counsel, Head of Legal & Hr At Axa Mansard Insurance Plc.
Wola Joseph- Chief Legal & Company Secretariat At Eko Electricity Distribution.
Lara Coker. General Counsel Shoreline Natural Resources Limited
Olajumoke Delano – Head Of Regulatory & Government Relations At Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Plc.
Adeola Olumeyan- Assistant General Counsel/Company Secretary At Channel TV.
Cecelia Madueke- Company Secretary, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc.
40 Under 40 Winners
Sodeek Oluwatobi Oyedeji-Senior Associate At Duale, Ovia and Alex-Adedipe
Oyeyemi Omokayode Oke-Partner At Anaje Olumide Oke Akinkugbe (AO2law)
Adekemi Okeowo-Olumodeji-Head, Legal & Company Secretary At Bellpoint Energy Limited)
Adetola Adeleye-Fasoro-Head, Legal/Company Secretary At First Ally Capital)
Aghatise, Osayuwamen Mitchell-Senior Associate At Olaniwun Ajayi Lp
Anthony Ezeamama-Associate Partner At Detail Commercial Solicitors
Aysha Ahmad Mohammad-Designation: Board Secretary And Executive Director, Legal Services At Kaduna State Internal Revenue Services.
Bobo .F. Ajudua , Principal Partner At B.F.A & Co Legal
Catherine Olajumoke Ogunjebi. Head, Legal Services At Ondo State Contributory Health Commission
Chika Oke-Senior Associate At Duale, Ovia and Alex-Adedipe
Temitope Adewole-Senior Associate At Udo Udoma & Belo – Osagie
Stephen O. Famojuro-Partner At Famsville Solicitors
Richmond Ekhosuehi Idaeho , Senior Associate At Jackson Etti & Edu
Temiloluwa Okeowo-Senior Associate At Udo Udoma & Belo – Osagie
Tare Olorogun -Senior Associate/Team Lead At Perchstone & Graeys Lp
Temitope Sowunmi-Head, Legal At Cowrywise
Chisom Obiokoye-Company Secretary And Senior Legal Counsel At Verify Me Nigeria Limited.
Chisom Okolie-Associate At Udo Udoma & Belo Osagie
Etido David-Partner At Lexavier Partners
Jamiu Akolade-Legal Counsel At The Employment And Labour Lawyers Association Of Nigeria.
Darlington Onyekwere. ,Partner At J-K Gadzama LLP
Ebimobowei Jikenghan. Senior Associate At G. Elias & Co
Leke Adeleke. Senior Associate At Stark Legal
Sixtus Iwuoha- Senior Associate At Banwo & Ighodalo
Osarugue Izekor-Senior Associate At Templars
Olamide Obajimi. Senior Associate And Tax Lead At Olaniwun Ajayi Lp
Nkemakonam Isozor. ,Legal Manager, Intellectual Property And Technology At Nigerian Exchange Limited (Ngx)
Omoruyi Edogiawerie. Founding Partner At Edoigiawerie And Company Lp
Osose Aziba. Marketing Legal Counsel At British American Tobacco Marketing Nigeria.
Yemi Kehinde-Group Head, Legal & Compliance At Zedcrest
Sesan Sulaiman. Managing Counsel In The Dispute Resolution & Tax Practice Groups At Templars
Chinedu Kema. Partner At Dentons Acas-Law
Dare Agbelese Legal Manager, Waltersmith Petroman Oil Limited
Olawale Oshunde. Legal Counsel Africa At Coca Cola
Obianuju Ifebunandu. Managing Counsel At Templars Law
Nkechukwu Otike-Odibi, Senior Legal Executive At Ebonylife Limited
Adebukola Oyeneyin. Partner, At Wigwe & partners
Chioma Amadi-Agoro. Senior Associate At Wigwe & Partners
Rosemond Phil-Othihiwa. Partner, Debo Akande LLP
Outstanding Young Professionals
Temidayo Ajayi, Partner, Detail Commercial Solicitors
Sijibomi Agbadaola, Company Secretary/Head Of Legal At Landwey Investment Limited
Adedunmade Onibokun, Founder, Adedunmade Oniubokun & Co